Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Thank God for Lautenberg
(Or Why Steven Soper won't be joining the Army)

I found the following over at Roger Ailes' site:

Steven Soper had his life all mapped out.

The 18-year-old from Lake Worth had been accepted into the Army and planned to enlist after graduating this spring from Santaluces High School.

But the plan came apart in late October when he attacked his girlfriend after learning she planned to vote for Sen. John Kerry in the presidential election.

Soper pleaded guilty Wednesday to false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and resisting arrest without violence. Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga sentenced Soper to 90 days in jail followed by five years of probation and 100 hours of community service...

Soper has since dropped out of high school and is pursuing his general equivalency diploma, Salnick said. He still hopes to one day serve in the military.

Thankfully, I can sit here comfortably in Afghanistan knowing that Stevie won't be coming to pay me a visit.

You see, Sen. Frank Lautenberg passed a well-known amendment to The Gun Control Act of 1968 which makes it illegal for people convicted of domestic violence to ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition. It has no military exception. So the Army could, technically, sign Soper up to go to boot camp, but he'd never get to go to the firing range or carry an M-16 and, as every deployed soldier carries a firearm of some sort (chaplains excepted), he's also undeployable.

So I'd like to give a little shout-out to Sen. Lautenberg for allowing me to sleep a little better at night, even if it is on an Army cot.


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